• Glossy Podcast – Need Supply founder and CEO Chris Bossola: a brick-and-mortar store ‘has to be an experience’ November 20, 2019 Full Podcast Episode 4 When Chris Bossola opened Blues Recycled Clothing in 1996, “all three TV stations came because they couldn’t believe that we were selling vintage, used Levi’s for $35. They thought it was crazy.” Nearly 25 years later, what started with a 200 square foot store in Richmond, Virginia has become Need ...
  • Yahoo Finance – Why Delivering Good’s Hurricane Relief Work in The Bahamas Matters November 5, 2019 By Sheena Butler-Young Originally published on Footwear News. I love what I do. But there are days I look to my left or right and wonder if what I do is enough. Am I making a real difference? For decades, the fashion industry — depending on whom you ask — has either ...
  • CNBC – Walmart appears to be gaining ground against Amazon November 4, 2019 By Lauren Thomas KEY POINTS • The frequency of people buying items on Amazon six times or more per month has dropped to 40% this year from 80% in 2017, according to data pulled by First Insight. • It says Walmart appears to be winning more customers. Less shopping is happening on Amazon, and consumers are favoring ...
  • Women’s Wear Daily – Never Before Seen at Scale: Ralph Lauren to Digitize Its Entire Product Line November 3, 2019 The groundbreaking partnership with Evrythng and Avery Dennison enables Ralph Lauren, and the whole industry, to unlock true traceability at scale By Kaley Roshitsh Ralph Lauren Corp. is set to digitize its entire product line beginning with the Polo brand, partnering with real-time Internet of Things software platform Evrythng and global materials science and manufacturing ...
  • Wall Street Journal – Online Influencers Tell You What to Buy, Advertisers Wonder Who’s Listening October 20, 2019 Billions are paid to social-media personalities to pitch products in an influencer economy riddled with deceit By Suzanne Kapner and Sharon Terlep Ipsy, an online cosmetic brand, was a pioneer in paying social-media stars hefty fees to promote its eye shadow and lip gloss in Instagram posts and YouTube videos. Now, the brand is leading the ...
  • Business of Fashion – New Study Shows Female British Consumers are not as ‘Woke’ as Their US Counterparts October 8, 2019 Responses to offensive product launches are gender- and market-specific, with more women than men expecting immediate action in both the US and UK, according to a recent survey from First Insight. By Rachel Deeley LONDON, United Kingdom — When it comes to diversity and inclusion, consumers are holding brands to account with increasing scrutiny — ...
  • Business Insider – Recession-scarred millennials are opting for buy-now, pay-later shopping September 24, 2019 By Mary Hanbury • In a conversation with Business Insider, 29-year-old Australian entrepreneur Nick Molnar explained why buynow, pay-later shopping models are resonating with millennials who have scarred by recession. • Molnar said that this generation prefers to spend their own money rather than engage in interest-bearing loans or credit cards. • Because of this, Molnar ...
  • Sourcing Journal – Chargeurs Unveils Sustainable 50 Interlinings for Eco-Minded Fashion Brands September 16, 2019 By Jessica Binns When it comes to sustainability in fashion, what’s hidden on the inside counts, too. That’s what Chargeurs wants apparel companies to keep in mind as brands of all stripes attempt to pivot toward responsible sourcing. The 147-year-old French maker of apparel interlinings is launching the Sustainable 50, a collection of interlinings and ...
  • Glossy Podcast – Zyper CEO Amber Atherton: ‘We’ve reached peak social’ September 4, 2019 Listen to the Glossy Podcast here.
  • Yahoo Finance – Buy-now, pay-later app Afterpay is booming September 3, 2019 By Aarthi Swaminathan Microlending is surging, and Afterpay is riding the wave. The Australian fintech company — which offers buy now, pay later options for consumers — announced stunning huge results, noting that the underlying global sales for the fiscal year of 2019 increased by 140% to $5.2 billion. The company — which entered the ...
  • Women’s Wear Daily – Chargeurs Partners With Parsons, Sponsors Museum at FIT Exhibition September 3, 2019 Through alliances with Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, the European company is trying to raise its profile and support young talent. By Rosemary Feitelberg Chargeurs is tightening its ties to the New York fashion scene through new alliances. For the kickoff of its partnership with The New School’s Parsons School of ...
  • Vogue – With Zyper investment, VCs are betting on “influencer fatigue” July 29, 2019 By Maghan McDowell With backing from Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator, Zyper is positioning “super fans” as an alternative to paid influencers. Vogue Business Key takeaways: Zyper, a marketing platform that connects brands with top fans instead of traditional influencers, has raised $6.5 million from Talis Capital, Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator. This marks an endorsement by the ...
  • Quartz – At the world’s most famous ad fest, street signs warn against influencer content June 20, 2019 By Hanna Kozlowska “STOP Encouraging Influencers,” and “DEAD END – Awkwardly Branded Captions Up Ahead #SPON,” declare street signs sprinkled around the world’s biggest marketing festival, Cannes Lions, which is held in June in France. The signs are trying to point out to the world’s top marketers that influencers, who are supposed to lend brands ...
  • Sourcing Journal – Levi’s Taps Afterpay for “Buy Now, Pay Later” Payment Solution June 10, 2019 By Angela Velasquez Denim shoppers can “buy now, pay later” for the latest pair of Levi’s. The U.S. denim brand is the latest to partner with Afterpay, the digital platform that offers consumers interest-free installment plans for in-store and online purchases. The payments company recently announced new partnerships with Levi’s, Ray-Ban, O’Neill and Tarte Cosmetics. Often ...
  • Crowdfund Insider – Afterpay Announces New Partnerships With Levi’s, Ray-Ban, O’Neill, & Tarte Cosmetics June 5, 2019 By Samantha Hurst Afterpay, a digital platform that offers interest-free installment plans for online purchases, announced on Wednesday it has formed new partnerships with Levi’s, Ray-Ban, O’Neill, and Tarte Cosmetics, among many other brands and retailers in the U.S. Afterpay reported that since launching in the country just over a year ago, it has already ...
  • USA Today – In age of Amazon, services like Birchbox and Dollar Shave Club are getting more popular March 4, 2019 By Charisse Jones A quarter of consumers are subscribing to services like beauty products seller Birchbox and the Dollar Shave Club, while another 32 percent intend to sign up for such services in the next six months, according to a survey by First Insight, a tech firm that queries consumers for retailers. That seemed to ...
  • HFN Digital – Retail Influencer Network Launches Podcast Series January 29, 2019 The select group of business leaders will offer their insights on retailing and related topics By Joanne Friedrick, Contributing Editor NEW YORK—A podcast designed to help executives navigate the changing retail landscape was launched by the Retail Influencer Network—a group of industry leaders with decades of experience. Making its debut with commentary by National Retail Federation ...
  • Women’s Wear Daily – Retail Influencers Take to Podcasts January 24, 2019 “Retales From the Frontline” podcasts will cover such topics as entrepreneurs and their new formats, brand storytelling and Millennial shoppers. By David Moin There’s a new source for industry insight. The Retail Influencer Network has launched a podcast series titled “Retales from the Frontline,” covering such topics as entrepreneurs and their new formats, brand storytelling ...
  • Forbes – How A 28-Year-Old Turned Layaway For Millennials Into A Billion-Dollar Business July 3, 2018 by Jeff Kauflin, Forbes Staff Layaway is a decades-old, much-maligned way to finance something you can’t immediately afford, since it often leads to exorbitant interest rates. Now a young Australian entrepreneur has taken a Millennial twist on the practice and built a booming business. Afterpay, a consumer lending company based in Sydney, Australia, has reached ...
  • Women’s Wear Daily – Business Leaders Join New Influencer Network May 9, 2018 A diverse group of retailers, investors, tech experts and industry analysts have been invited to participate in the network. By David Moin The Retail Influencer Network has been formed to bring retail, technology and financial leaders together to help retailers and Silicon Valley understand what each sector needs, serve as a source of information and ...
  • Business Insider – The most extravagant request fulfilled by a luxury concierge service that caters to millionaires and billionaires May 3, 2018 by Harrison Jacobs John Paul is a luxury concierge service that is available 24/7 to its millionaire and billionaire clients. While most requests are for hard-to-get tickets or restaurant tables, the service has also handled numerous extravagant requests. One of the most extravagant requests was for a client who asked to watch the Monaco Grand ...
  • Business of Fashion – Macy’s Acquires Story May 2, 2018 BoF can exclusively reveal that Macy’s, Inc is buying concept store Story. Founder Rachel Shechtman will join the American department store chain as its first brand experience officer. “Welcome to Story! Have you been here before?” That’s what a greeter asks each-and-every person who walks through the doors of Story, a 2,000-square-foot store located ...
  • Forbes – INTURN Wants To Speed Up The Pipeline From Clothing Brands to Discounters April 3, 2018 INTURN Wants To Speed Up The Pipeline From Clothing Brands to Discounters By Peter Carbonara  A perennial problem for clothing brands –not to mention beleaguered retailers like H&M — is what to do with all the stuff they can’t sell. There is a lot of it. Ronen Lazar, CEO and cofounder of INTURN, a New York-based software ...
  • CNBC – Men aren’t willing to shop online as much as women, survey finds May 19, 2018 By Lauren Thomas • Women like e-commerce for shopping, while men still prefer bricks and mortar, according to a new survey from First Insight. • The survey finds men are less likely to use Amazon to price shop. • Retailers still have a long way to go to meet shoppers’ expectations online and in stores, taking ...
  • Women’s Wear Daily – Retail Success Hinges on ‘Knowing and Understanding’ the Customer March 14, 2018 Matthew E. Rubel, formerly of Varsity Brands and Collective Brands, shares his insights into what retailers and brands can do in a tumultuous market. Matthew E. Rubel is a veteran retail and brand chief executive officer and industry thought leader who serves as an independent director at Hudson’s Bay Co. where he chairs the compensation and HR development ...
  • FGRT – US Retailers Ready to Cater to Chinese New Year Shoppers with Mobile Payments February 14, 2018   KEY POINTS Many Chinese tourists are currently preparing to travel overseas during the Lunar New Year celebration, which begins on February 16 and runs through March 2 this year. In the US, hundreds of thousands of retailers and service providers are ready to cater to these tourists by offering them the mobile-wallet payment options ...
  • Women’s Wear Daily – With an Eye on Expansion, MadaLuxe Group Names Freede CEO February 13, 2018 Executive changes involving the founders will support growth maneuvers. By David Moin The MadaLuxe Group has promoted Adam Freede from president to chief executive officer, to support growth initiatives on several fronts. MadaLuxe Group’s former ceo, Sandy Sholl, has been named executive chairman and will continue to oversee retail, e-commerce and marketing. Sholl is the mother ...
  • Luxury Daily – John Paul Americas CEO on why luxury brands are turning to corporate concierges February 12, 2018 Amber Treshnell, CEO of Americas at John Paul, the leading global luxury concierge service, spoke with Marie Driscoll of Luxury Daily. The two discussed why corporate concierges have become the go-to services for luxury brands, how tech is driving change in the field, and the importance of ensuring freshness when deliver lasagna ...
  • Chinese Designers Take the Runway at NYFW February 9, 2018 BCG’s Beat kicked off New York Fashion Week by attending Tmall China Day, a runway event sponsored by Tmall, the CFDA and Suntchi held at the Skylight Modern in New York City’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood.
  • NRF 2018: Retail’s Year to Get it Right January 19, 2018 BCG’s Beat will cover all things retail, tech and commerce related in and around BCG. This week the topic was unquestionably NRF.
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